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  • Blog Post: Tap into Small Basic Forum

    When you are learning Small Basic programming, you may stack on your debugging. I recommend to utilize lots of resources about Small Basic as following steps. Search in TechNet Wiki. Small Basic Portal may help you. Search in Small Basic Forum. Ask question in Small Basic Forum. To...
  • Blog Post: Small Basic is FREE!!!

    Yeah, it's free. Give yourself a gift. Or give a kid a future in computer software that they might not otherwise have. Just click: What is Small Basic? Well... Small Basic is Fun, Simple, Social, & Gradual. And these resources will guide you. Ten year olds have used these resources on their...
  • Blog Post: Eora Duck Hunt - Small Basic Featured Game

    New game in Jibba Jabba's words: It only runs locally, NOT in the browser. You can import using id XCC705-1 Or here's the browser link for a quick look, but it won't run in the browser: http://smallbasic.com/program/?XCC705-1 It's called Eora Duck Hunt because that's the Australian Aboriginal...
  • Blog Post: Small Basic Game Gallery

    This is an exhaustive list of the Small Basic games coming from our community of developers! Small Basic Games Action Basketball - by NaochanON Basketball Science - by Nonki Takahashi Block Smasher V2 ( info ) by Behnam Azizi Brick Wall ( info ) - by Stendec Catch Game - by NaochanON...
  • Blog Post: Small Basic for Little Kids Series – Pong

    It was a beautiful sunny weekend, and wife's mandate of father-son bonding was to be obeyed... So, after a bike ride, it's time for some coding. Small Basic, that is. My little boy has been bugging me about game programming. After some convincing, he settled on Pong, not entirely sure what Pong is...
  • Blog Post: Small Basic Curriculum

    Learn all about Small Basic by using the curriculum. With the curriculum, you can lean Small Basic with separate lessons - just like you would in a classroom. You can download the curriculum, which includes PowerPoint decks to teach from. As a teacher or as a student learning Small Basic on your own...
  • Blog Post: Small Basic E-Books

    Learn more about Small Basic and find detailed samples by reading sample chapters from one of three e-books that we are providing to you at no cost. If you like using the e-book format, we have links on each page to where you can purchase the complete e-book. The Developer's Reference...
  • Blog Post: Small Basic Program Gallery - Listed By Category

    12/08/15 UPDATE : Oculus Rift Ball Bounce and Batting Practice (games), Database Sample and Wavelength to RGP Converter (Productivity), Clown: Parsed Pixels (Graphical), and Pendulum (Sciences). On 11/17/15: Small Block Builder and Triple Six (Games). On 10/21/15: Pendulum Clock 2 (Graphical). On 9/3...
  • Blog Post: How to convert text into Binary

    This fantastic chart comes from today's guest blogger, Liam McSherry . In Liam's words... ============================= If anyone wants to know how to convert text into a series of binary digits, I quickly made this little graphic. Note that this sort of system applies to all radices...
  • Blog Post: Small Basic TeamChallenge - Tower Defense Game

    Small Basic community member Timo Sö had a winning idea: to start a TeamChallenge competition. The challenge was to create a "Tower Defense Game" in one week. They developed their games from 12/3/2010 to 12/10/2010. Here is Timo's first Forum thread on the topic . Here are the teams: 1...
  • Blog Post: Microsoft's History with BASIC (Altair 8800, TRS-80 Color Computer)

    A Brief History of Small Basic Today, we have a guest blogger, Philip Conrod ! He is sharing with us an excerpt from their book for kids, Beginning Microsoft Small Basic by Philip Conrod and Lou Tylee. This section is available as part of Chapter 1 of "Beginning Microsoft Small Basic" . You can find...
  • Blog Post: Small Basic Tutorial: Creating Your First Program

    Today we have a guest blogger: Noah Buscher ! Check out Noah's first tutorial... about your first Small Basic program. Small Basic is a .NET language created by Microsoft. It allows the beginner programmer to get started creating programs right away, and does not confuse the beginner with the...
  • Blog Post: Small Basic Featured Program - Turtle Maze

    This is an image only... ( Click here to play the game .) Nonki updated this game on 12/3/12: http://smallbasic.com/program/?XHL585-5 What fun! You can only do a few things though... Click Next to change the maze. Click Start to watch the Turtle go crazy as he turns left as his strategy...
  • Blog Post: Small Basic - Elementary & Middle Student Testimonials

    Last Updated: 09/23/15 - JCGarrido's son, Adrian , age 12. 11/28/14: Der_Programmier , age 9. 10/21/13: Added Anne's son . 8/25/13: Added Lisa M's daughter, Amber. On 6/20/13: Added 8Bit Pony . On 6/10: Added Michelle P's son, Heather H's son, and Jalynn P's kid. On 5/27: Added Leslie E's son , Eddie...
  • Blog Post: 6 Lessons to learn Small Basic and graduate to Visual Basic!

    Learn how to use Small Basic and to graduate to Visual Basic... in 6 steps! Lesson 1: Getting Started with Small Basic Lesson 1.1: Introduction to Small Basic - Estimated time to complete this sub-lesson: 30 minutes Lesson 1.2: Statements, Properties, and Operations - Estimated time to complete...
  • Blog Post: Small Basic Extensions Gallery

    UPDATED 01/31/16: Added Fremy's Extension as a featured extension. On 11/2/15: Added LitDev and EV3 Basic. On 6/13/13: Added Timo So's MoreOptions Extension. On 5/31/13: Added NaochanOn's Barcode Extension. ============================ FEATURED EXTENSIONS: Lego Mindstorms EV3 Basic ( info...
  • Blog Post: What are the 14 Keywords of Small Basic?

    In the Small Basic FAQ , it mentions there are 14 keywords: What are the unique features of the Small Basic language? Size The Small Basic language consists of just 14 keywords. ========== Of the 14 keywords, we'll cover 16 of them in this blog post: And Else ElseIf EndFor EndIf...
  • Blog Post: Small Basic Program Gallery

    12/08/15 UPDATE : Oculus Rift Ball Bounce, Batting Practice, Database Sample, Wavelength to RGP Converter, Clown: Parsed Pixels, and Pendulum. On 11/17/15: Added several Science related programs, Triple Six, and Small Block Builder. On 9/3/13: Added Eora Duck Hunt. On 6/29: Added SBCraft. On 6/12: Added...
  • Blog Post: Small Basic - The 50 Line Challenge

    From Coding Cat : Working on developing projects for my Intro to Programming class, I reminded myself of an article I read back in the early days of the PC. The article was in one of the first PC only magazines, and it was publishing the results of a contest the magazine sponsored. Preliminaries...
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